I loved one of Dave’s shirts (actually I think I got it for him) and he didn’t love it as much. So when he put it in my “reuse or give away” pile I just knew I had to make it into something.
Started with a men's button down shirt and matching knit fabric (in this case, an oversized t shirt I got on clearance at Target or somewhere)
First I cut off the sleeve. It was stretchy in the correct direction and it was so big that I knew it would fit a kid's waist. Or cut a 10" (non stretchy way) x 20" (stretchy way) rectangle of fabric and sew it into a tube along the shorter side.
Fold the tube in half so one side is a fold and the other side is two edges.
This will be the waistband of the skirt.
Next we tackle the button down shirt. I just line a quilting ruler up under the sleeves and slice.
All sliced with my handy rotary cutter!
Run around the top edge with the longest machine stitch to make a quick gather.
Pull on one of the threads and even out the gathers. It shouldn't be as small as the waist because it still needs to pull on, but just gather enough so it's evenly distributed around the waistband.
The sleeve was actually too BIG for a child's waist so I had to cut off some of it and re-sew the seam. While I was at it I unpicked the hem to get a bit more length for the waistband. Ready to sew on the skirt!
Place the waistband around the skirt so the 2 raw edges of the knit piece line up with the gathered edge of the skirt.
Mark in halves or quarters with pins.
Sew or serge, stretching as you go to make sure there is room to pull it on without breaking threads.
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